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(BPT) - As temperatures across the country start to drop, drivers are gearing up for changing road conditions. Whether you’re making your way through a Nor’easter or simply trying to navigate wet roads down South, it’s important to be prepared for whatever the season brings your way. Here is…

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(BPT) - Remember a few months ago when you thought about getting a head start on your holiday shopping so you wouldn't fall behind yet again? You were going to and then...well, where does the time go?

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(BPT) - The U.S Department of Agriculture proposed a complete overhaul of school lunches subsidized by the federal government in 2012. These changes, to be implemented over a period of years, aim to limit calories, reduce sodium and increase the consumption of vegetables and whole grains. Im…

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(NewsUSA) - Think there's almost a conspiracy out there to squelch your child's belief in Santa Claus? Technology can help you fight back.

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(BPT) - As a small business owner, you do it all: the books, marketing, customer service, product, inventory and — oh yes — tech support. In fact, small and microbusiness owners are more likely to shoulder all tech tasks for their firms, according to a study by the National Small Business As…

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(BPT) - You know that little check you can always count on from Grandma or Grandpa on birthdays and special occasions? It could be the worst gift your child gets, if he or she is a child with special needs.

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(NAPSI)—With more than 3.9 million “mealprep” hashtags on Instagram, many people have found success in living a healthier lifestyle through meal prepping. Not only does it save you time during the busy workweek, it allows for a better variety of healthy, ready-to-eat foods at your disposal.

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(NAPSI)—Here’s cool news: You can create an outdoor area that you, your family and friends can spend time in at just about any time of year. Get your yard ready with these four tips and you can defy the changing seasons.

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(NAPSI)—With today’s technology, staying in touch with loved ones around the country—and the world—is easier than it’s ever been. We are connected to each other virtually day and night—from cell phones and video calls to social media, texting and e-mail. While we may rely on this technologic…

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(BPT) - The holidays have always been the elf’s time to shine. Decorating, wrapping, toy making—it’s what traditional holiday helpers spend all year prepping for. But in a world of online shopping, on-the-go recipe planning and streaming carols, a smartphone and wireless plan actually does t…

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(BPT) - With the tax season approaching, now is the time to start thinking about creating a strategy to help maximize tax refunds in the year ahead. From the passage of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act to the increase in health insurance penalties, here are a few items to k…

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(BPT) - For the 25 million Americans who have asthma, wintry weather can take a real bite out of holiday fun. Cold weather is a common asthma trigger, especially for severe symptoms, and for many people, asthma attacks happen more often in the winter. That’s because winter means more time sp…

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(BPT) - More than a third of overall charitable giving happens during the holiday season, according to the Blackbaud Index, but Americans can give more than just cash when they’re looking to help others.

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(BPT) - From furniture to walls, new homes to remodels, cool grays have dominated home design palettes for the last five years. Look to 2017 to gently shake things up with a focus on fresh neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create versatile color with timeless appeal.

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(BPT) - Exercise is good for everyone, but seniors with mobility or balance issues may wonder what kind of exercise they can do that will be safe, easy and effective. Jogging outdoors, running on a treadmill or lifting weights at the gym aren’t always practical — or enjoyable — activities fo…

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(NAPSI)—Electricity is something that many take for granted, but without it, we wouldn’t be able to go about our everyday routines. That’s why electric companies work so hard to maintain the power grid. Today, electric companies are exploring a new way to protect the grid from any disruption…

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(Family Features) As the classic song goes, the holidays really are “the most wonderful time of the year.” Between the cozy scent and warmth of the fireplace, festive holiday parties and catching up with loved ones – the merriment of the season is endless.

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(Family Features) While planning for the holiday festivities and solidifying your shopping list, don’t forget perhaps the most deserving recipient – your cat. Among the nearly three-quarters of surveyed cat owners who plan to give their kitty a gift, half said their feline friend is the most…

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(Family Features) Holiday traditions come in many forms - from decorating the tree and shopping for loved ones to movie nights and your favorite festive foods. However, there is no holiday tradition quite as enjoyable and rewarding as giving back.

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(Family Features) When you're entertaining a small group, it's fairly easy to ensure everyone enjoys the party. However, a larger group or an eclectic crowd with varied interests can make it harder to be an effective hostess. Planning party zones that cater to specific interests is one savvy…

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(Family Features) Accept the challenge and make it your mission to earn the title of Ultimate Gift Giver with items to match the unique style and personality of each person on your list - even those on the "naughty list."

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(Family Features) After spending hours searching for the perfect gift, it’s only fitting that the wrapping is just as special as the gift itself. Luckily, elaborate wrapping doesn’t have to be pricey – you can easily find ways to perfect and personalize your gift with what you have left over…

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(Family Features) Hosting a large group of family and friends can be overwhelming, especially if entertaining isn’t something you do often. No matter the occasion, these tips can help you avoid common party pitfalls so you can keep the focus on having fun.

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(Family Features) There is no time like the holiday season to get together and make memories with family and friends. Nothing brings people together quite like an elegant meal featuring a standout main dish – an exceptionally prepared entree that pays true homage to the season and all that y…

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(Family Features) The holiday season evokes thoughts of delicious, hearty and festive meals. Whether planning a family feast or flitting among gatherings, you may find it harder than ever to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep your weight management goals on track. However, with the right …

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(Family Features) From running his workshop to delivering toys around the world, the holiday season is a busy time for Santa. To keep himself going, Saint Nick relies on some essential gadgets to stay connected, organized and entertained throughout the holidays.

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(Family Features) For one reason or another, you’ve determined the house you’re living in has become too much to handle. Seniors, empty nesters or those moving from a suburban home into a loft or apartment in the city all face similar challenges when it comes to downsizing.

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(Family Features) After spending hours scouring stores for the perfect gift for each person on your list, the last thing you want to do is bury your thoughtful gesture in generic wrapping. Fortunately, with the right tools and a little creativity, you can make your gift boxes just as persona…

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(Family Features) The holiday season seems to last longer and get more hectic every year. Whether cooking the Thanksgiving feast or doing last-minute gift shopping, everyone can get a little stressed out. Most people don't know that their dog may also experience anxiety during these celebrations.

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(Family Features) Move over, marble and granite. There’s a new, old stone that’s coming back into vogue. After first coming into use 5,000 years ago, soapstone is once again becoming a “go-to” material for kitchen and bath designs, indoor and outdoor living spaces and more.

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(Family Features) Bring the delicious tastes of a traditional steakhouse to your own dining room with simple steps that make it easier than you might expect to please a room full of hungry guests.

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(Family Features) When cold and flu season strikes, millions of Americans find themselves coughing, sneezing, congested, aching, uncomfortable – and sometimes, downright miserable. The widespread prevalence of these symptoms sweeps the country each year and affects people of all ages.

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(Family Features) Stainless steel has been a staple in luxurious, contemporary kitchens all over the world for years. While it’s most often used indoors, this durable, low-maintenance, design-forward material is making its way outdoors.

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(Family Features) When the holidays approach, it's the perfect time to up your game in the kitchen with standout recipes.

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(Family Features) One of the most memorable moments at any holiday dinner is when a moist, delicious turkey is brought to the table. Everyone grabs their forks at the sight of a perfectly brown bird glistening with juicy flavor.

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(Family Features) Serving up brunch is never better than during the holidays, when friends and family gather together to celebrate the best moments of the season. You'll have plenty of time to join in the merry-making and fun with these simple ideas for a sensational brunch menu.

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(Family Features) It’s not too late to improve your dental health and overall health without putting a dent in your wallet. If you have dental insurance, you have until Dec. 31 to use your benefits before they expire.

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(Family Features) With the season of giving in full swing, try turning your attention away from gift giving in the traditional sense and instead focus on a whole different kind of giving.

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(Family Features)It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and holiday gift-giving and receiving is at the top of everyone’s to-do list. There are several simple steps you can take to make those deliveries a little easier. 

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(Family Features) A wealth of research shows that starting each morning with a nutritious breakfast delivers benefits throughout the day. If you’re pressed for time or simply need to mix up your morning routine, put a fresh spin on a time-saving favorite by making a smoothie bowl.

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(Family Features) The holidays usher in a season filled with entertaining and house guests, bringing plenty of extra cleaning needs and chores with them. Despite the hustle and bustle of the season, you can make more time to spend with your loved ones by introducing some shortcuts to make th…

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(BPT) - Christmas is a special part of childhood, and there is plenty of pressure on parents at this time of year to make sure it's an unforgettable time for their families. It's important to remember what never gets tossed in the recycling with the wrapping paper afterwards: the Christmas m…

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(NewsUSA) - It's called "tech neck." But to really understand the stress you're putting on your neck every time you look down at some wireless device -; think texting, for example -; just imagine four 15-pound bowling balls sitting atop your head.

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(NAPSI)—Even when summer is only a distant memory, there’s no need to give up the benefits of consuming fresh produce.

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(NAPSI)—Here's news many families may consider a wake-up call: Studies show that kids who eat breakfast have better concentration and more energy. Yet approximately 8 to 12 percent of all school-aged kids skip this important meal.

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(NAPSI)—Since the holiday season is such a great time to connect with friends and family members you haven’t seen in a while, it may also offer an opportunity many may not have considered. Now can be your chance to check in with loved ones about their health and wellbeing, including those wh…

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(NAPSI)—According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), by 2030, one in every five Americans will be over the age of 65. Whatever your age now, it’s wise to prepare yourself mentally and physically for growing older. Adults today, the CDC adds, are looking not only to exte…